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Early 15th Century Italian Legs

        This is based on the statue of 'Orlando' in Dubrovnik by Bonino of Milan from 1413. A picture of the statue can be seen in The Venetian Empire, 1200-1670 (Men-at-Arms Series, Volume 210) by David Nicolle, Christopher Rothero (Illustrator); 48 pages; Paperback (July 1989) Stackpole Books; ISBN: 0850458994 .
        You can also see a similar effigy on the Tomb of Giovanni Cose of Naples from 1418 in the Louvre. A picture of this appears in "The Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie with notes on the evolution of Italian armour during the 15th century." by James G. Mann printed in "Archaeologia" Journal of The Society of Antiquaries of London 1930 Vol.80 pages 117-142. The picture is Figure 2 on Plate XXIII.
       These are sized for someone between who's height is 5'8"/172cm to 6'2"/188cm and who's weight is 200lbs./91kg to 225lbs./102Kg.

Completed June 17, 2013

       The poleyns / knee cops are made from 0.050"/18ga./1.3mm 17-7ph stainless steel and the rest of the plates are made from 0.035"/20ga/0.9mm 17-7ph stainless steel. The plates were heated to condition TH1050 and blackened with Sculpt Nouveau Stainless Black. The brass is 0.050"/16ga/1.3mm half hard 260 brass. From what I've seen the plates should resist denting as well as unhardened 304 stainless steel 2.5 times the thickness.

Patterns Used for This Project (Version: March 25, 2013)

CAD DXF file of the patterns for the plates. You can use this file to machine cut the metal plates.
early_15thC_legs.dxf     brass_trim_knees.dxf

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